Fortson, GA asked in Civil Rights for Alabama

Q: If the police serve a search warrant at a residence do they have to show that residence the evidence they find

And with out the resident present

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: When the police execute a search warrant at a residence, they are not legally required to show the evidence they find to the resident at the time of the search. The primary objective of a search warrant is to allow law enforcement to search for and seize evidence without the immediate need to disclose this evidence to the resident or any other individuals present.

However, the details of the search and any items seized should be documented. Typically, the police will provide an inventory of items taken during the search to the resident or the resident's legal representative. This inventory might not be provided immediately but should be available upon request.

If the resident is not present during the search, the police still proceed with the search as authorized by the warrant. In such cases, it might be more challenging for the resident to obtain immediate information about the search and any evidence found.

If you or someone you know is affected by a search warrant execution and has concerns about the process or the evidence gathered, it is advisable to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help in understanding the legal implications, guide in obtaining the inventory list, and provide advice on the next steps to take.

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